From a reader…
This morning at Sunday Mass our priest sang the Eucharistic prayer for children’s liturgy and there was piano throughout as well as sung responses. I have never heard such a thing. It confused my small children. Is this ordeal approved by the Church?
I have never used them. I will never use them.
But let’s, for just a moment, assume that there might be a good reason for why they exist.
The Eucharistic prayers for Masses with Children should only be used when the overwhelming percentage of the congregation is, indeed, children.
They should be immediately relegated to the dustbin of liturgical history. They are condescending, trite, and non-traditional.
The Body of Christ should not be segregated by ages. Why don’t they have Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with the Elderly, replete with interspersed acclamations of “Get off my lawn!!” and “Where are my glasses?”